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Panel Discussion: Stand Your Ground Or Standing Around? – What We Can Do [LIVE STREAM]

Panel Discussion: Stand Your Ground Or Standing Around? – What We Can Do [LIVE STREAM]

The Color Curve and Mic Check 1-Two! Present a Special Panel to the Philadelphia Community

Standing Your Ground OR Standing Around?: The Trayvon Martin Murder & What We Can Do About Violence, Injustice and Race Relations in America

What is the Trayvon Martin Murder Story?


REGISTER HERE Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) was an African American teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a man in Sanford, Florida.

Come join us as we discuss the story surrounding recent events and clarify issues pertaining to the law, social justice, race and violence in America.

Our scheduled speakers (more to be added) include:

Panel Moderator: Loraine Ballard Morrill

Loraine Ballard Morrill is the award-winning Director of News and Community Affairs for Clear Channel Radio in Philadelphia. She’s the host of Insight which airs on WDAS FM Sundays from 6:00-7:00 AM and on Power 99 FM from 7:00-7:30 AM.

Senator Anthony Williams

In January, State Senate Democrats chose Senator Anthony Hardy Williams to serve as Democratic Whip. Having previously served as Democratic Caucus Chair, Williams now assumes the second highest ranking position in caucus leadership.  Williams succeeds Sen. Michael A. O’Pake (D-Berks) who died in December of last year.

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson began his career as a community activist when he started the organization PeaceNotGuns – which is still a passion of his today. It was from there that he began his quest to serve his community and others throughout Philadelphia.

In November of 2011, he was elected to serve the Second Councilman District of Philadelphia, which includes South and Southwest Philadelphia.

Joy Linn Mackey

Joy Linn Mackey is founder of Rhema Breakthrough Seminars and an adjunct professor at Eastern University. She is the author of the book Growing Into Your Purpose: Becoming the New You.

Curtis Wilkerson

Curtis Wilkerson is the Constituent Services Representative for Councilman Clarke’s 5th District office,  overseeing the development and upkeep of all Recreation Centers located in the District, and has been at the table to assist in the decisions of Capital Projects.

Kevin Harden Jr.

Kevin Harden Jr., is an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Currently assigned to the office’s Juvenile Division, he is a 2010 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was a member of the Temple Moot Court Honor Society and the Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association.

Maria Kefalas, Phd

Maria Kefalas is a Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph’s University. An author of three books, she has lectured widely about the challenges facing poor families, youth, and rural America. Her work has been featured in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Des Moines Register. She has also been featured in TIME Magazine, Newsweek, The Chronicle of Higher Education and has interviewed with NPR and The Tavis Smiley Show. Her newest project explores the impact of the Great Recession on the millenial generation.

Our discussion will include:

  • Violence against black males in America
  • Implementing effective civic/media/political engagement
  • Law Enforcement/ “Stand Your Ground” Law details
  • Race and Social Justice in the 21st Century
Note: This event will NOT act as a rally, protest or march in any way, shape or form. This is an intellectual discussion and information session regarding the story of Trayvon Martin

– 6:30 pm – 7:00pm: Check-In, Networking
– 7:00 pm – 7:15pm: Introduction to Trayvon Martin Story and Introduction to Panelists
– 7:15 pm – 8:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
– 8:30 pm – 9:00pm: Audience Q&A and Commentary


This event is in partnership with State Senator Anthony Williams.  

Thanks to the Color Curve and Mic Check 1-Two! 

The Color Curve ( is a web magazine that focuses on commentary, news, analysis, humor and lists on the African American community.

Mic Check 1-Two! ( is an organization dedicated to creating community-level opportunities and encouraging people to become vessels of change.


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